Storm chances ramp up late Friday - KMOV.com

Storm chances ramp up late Friday

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A tornado watch has been issued for areas directly south of St. Louis including the southern portion of the St. Louis metro until 1:00 AM Saturday.  This is the area more favorable for the development of severe wind, an isolated tornado and possibly some severe hail.  However, an isolated severe storm or two will still be possible outside the watch area, though a lower risk.  

Storms will continue overnight, though a lower severe risk as the storms weaken.  We will continue to monitor all storms overnight though in case an isolated warning develops.  Storms will move east and out of the area overnight before daybreak Saturday.

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Saturday then will have a severe risk focused east of St. Louis in our Illinois counties.  There is quite a bit of uncertainty as to if the atmosphere will recover and the front will still be in the area, but those two factors may come together to pop a brief strong to severe storm Saturday afternoon.  

Stay tuned to News4, KMOV.com and the KMOV smartphone apps as we continue to monitor the storm threat tonight and bring you more updates.

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